cranberry strawberry prunes banana lemon and chia seeds smoothie

Cranberry, prune, strawberry, banana and lemon smoothie

A smoothie with cranberry, plum, strawberry, banana and lemon has a full sweet taste, and at the same time wonderfully fresh and is full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Ideal as a snack or energy boost.

If you use fresh plums, this smoothie will contain less sugar and therefore be less sweet.

You can use dried and frozen fruit for this drink. Very handy, because you can actually make it at any time if you already have the ingredients at home.
The only thing is that you will need an overnight soak for the cranberries, plums and chia seeds.

Ingredients for this Cranberry, prunes, strawberry, banana, lemon and chia seeds smoothie

1 hand (dried) cranberries
4 dried prunes
8 (frozen) strawberries
1 (frozen) banana
1 lemon
1 dstspn chia seeds

This recipe is for a blender or food processor and for 3 servings

Preparation cranberries, prunes and chia seeds

Soak overnight the cranberries, prunes and chia seeds together in 1 cup filled with water.

Dried or fresh prunes?

Instead of dried prunes you can also use fresh ones. Both are rich in nutrients, but the dried version contains more sugars.
Prunes help your body in digesting food properly, to have a regular bowel movement and to relieve constipation. But do not overdo eating prunes as that can cause gastrointestinal distress.

Directions for the blender or food processor

Squeeze the lemon.
Add strawberry, banana and lemon juice in a mixer grinder or food processor. Add cranberries, prunes and chia seeds including the soaking water. Mix till all is smooth. You can add some extra water and/or ice cubes if needed.

Some nutrition facts and benefits of cranberries, prunes, strawberries, bananas, lemon and chia seeds

Cranberries are high in potassium and a good source for Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. They contain also various Vitamin B (1,2,3 and 6), sodium, vitamin E, A and K and iron.

Prunes or dried plums, are a good source of insoluble and soluble fiber. They are high in antioxidants and calcium. Prunes contain potassium and iron and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C

Strawberries have a high level of antioxidants, and fiber. They are a great course of vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium. And they lower your blood pressure and increase HDL (good) cholesterol

Bananas are rich in potassium and a source of carbs and fiber. They are high in Vitamin B6, and C.

Lemon contains a very high amount of vitamin C (88% daily value per 100 gram), and soluble fiber. They may support weight control, heart health and digestive health

Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, full of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. They are also a good source for zinc, Vitamin B3, B1, B2 and potassium.

How long can you store this smoothie?

Personally, I like smoothies best when I drink them straight away.
But you can keep it in de fridge up to about 48 hours.

If you used frozen fruit, it is best not to refreeze the smoothie. If you used fresh fruit, this is possible. Don’t forget to leave some space at the top of the glass or jar, because the drink will expand during freezing.
Freezing a smoothie does not destroy the minerals, vitamins or fibers.

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